The second batch of sixteen singers who made it through the fierce Battle rounds performed live on stage in the hopes of going through to the next round with a “save” from their coach – Karen Zoid, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Lira and Kahn Morbee. For the three in each team who didn’t receive the go-ahead from their coach, there is still a life-line: the one who receives the most support from the voting public will remain in the game with all the saved singers to date.
Following the next round of sterling performances, rocker Karen Zoid decided to go with former back-up singer Thapelo Lekoane (29) from Alexandra who thrilled the audience with her interpretation of Mary Mary’s Shackles. This means Thapelo is joining Karen’s save from last week, Durban diva Thembeka Mnguni (32); and Jono Grayson (23), who heard at the beginning of the show that he received the most votes from the public in #TeamKaren during the previous voting period.
The Parlotones' frontman Kahn Morbee saved Prime Zulu (27) from Durban, whose performance of Cobie Caillat’s anthemic Try! secured him a place alongside Cape Town muso Richard Stirton (22), Kahn’s choice from last week; and soulful Clemour Ngobeni (24), who made it through courtesy of the audience’s vote.
Songbird Lira added Durbanite Jono Johansen (19) to her team that already consists of audience save Robin Pieters (25) from Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg’s Zoë Modiga, who bowled Lira over with her powerhouse performance last week. Jono performed Adele’s megahit Hello.
With the final save of the evening, Bobby completely surprised cool kid Austin Lurring (20) from Pietermaritzburg by picking him. Bobby’s confirmed team to date also includes experienced performer Gavin Edwards (37), who travelled the world with his band; and 20-year old Xanilee Hammond who came out tops in the #TeamBobby public voting poll this week.
Here is a summary of the performers who will be vying for your vote, as well as their voting details:
o Zaretha Duvenage (23), an industrial psychology student from Pretoria, performed Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. Coach Karen rated her “10 out of 10!” Zaretha’s voting number for as long as she stays in the competition will be 24.
o #TeamKaren’s Stilfontein wonder, 25-year-old Almur Marais, brought the house down with a rousing rendition of Radiohead’s Creep. “I’m just so proud of this guy!” Karen marvelled. Almur’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 17.
o Twenty-four-year-old Mbijana Sibisi from Durban impressed with a lively ska version of the New Radicals’s You Get What You Give. “Fantastic performance – you really entertained,” said Karen. Mbijana’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 20.
o Classically-trained Johan Anker (23) from Roodepoort, performed the traditional spiritual How Great Thou Art with the Mzansi Youth Choir and Coach Kahn praised him for his courage in sticking out in pop culture. Johan’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 13.
o The 19-year-old Pretoria singer Lara Gear took it uptown with the funky Lady Marmalade classic. “Superb job!” Kahn told her. Lara’s voting number for as long as she stays in the competition will be 14.
o Francis Bowers (23) from Melkbosstrand chose the Sarah McLachlan ballad Angel in honour of his late grandmother. Kahn told him his voice was “delicious”. Francis’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 12.
o Jeremy Olivier (41) from Cape Town accompanied himself on the acoustic guitar singing the Ed Sheeran hit Thinking Out Loud. “I am beyond proud,” Lira said. Jeremy’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 27.
o Twenty-eight-year-old Sibulele Miti from Cape Town performed Bruno Mars’s Grenade. Lira thought she was “dazzling”. Sibulele’s voting number for as long as she stays in the competition will be 31.
o The Pretoria duo Blaque Harmony – Karabo Makwela (24) and Botlhale Phora (20) – chose a local hit with which to win votes: Take Yours I’ll Take Mine, from Matthew Mole. “I’m just beaming with pride!” Lira smiled. Blaque Harmony’s voting number for as long as they stay in the competition will be 25.
o Kim Collins, the 37-year-old hairdresser from Cape Town, opened for #TeamBobby with the apt Kelly Clarkson hit, A Moment Like This. “You have a lot of guts and I admire you for that,” said a choked-up Bobby. Kim’s voting number for as long as she stays in the competition will be 03.
o Twenty-two-year-old Vernon Barnard (22) from Strand in the Cape chose The Lumineers’s Ho Hey with which to make his impression. Vernon’s voting number for as long as he stays in the competition will be 06.
o Twenty-three-year-old Zoe Mtila from Port Elizabeth also chose a local hit to impress Coach Bobby: Bucie’s hit with Heavy K, Easy To Love. Bobby thought that after seeing the performance all of South Africa’s DJs would want to work with her. Zoe’s voting number for as long as she stays in the competition will be 08.
SMS your favourite performer’s unique voting number to 33692, or vote on The Voice SA App at a cost of R1.50 per vote.
Voting is also open on the official website at mnet.tv/thevoice and on Wechat on the ID Mnettv.
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Fans can vote on each of these platforms up to 100 times.
Voting lines for each team opened after the entire team from each coach had sung and the coach had saved their favourite performer.
Voting will close at 22:00 on Tuesday evening (26 April). The Voice SA App votes closed at the end of the live broadcast.
This episode’s voting results will be announced at the beginning of the next show, coming your way live from Sasani Studios in Johannesburg.
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